Fruit flies in space

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) plans to launch its new Fruit Fly Lab (FFL) to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2014 as part of a mission to assess the effects of microgravity and other aspects of prolonged space travel on the organisms. NASA hopes the mission will help scientists to understand how long-term space flight might affect humans.

Lab Anim. (NY) 43, 3 (2014).
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